Here’s the new method for combating modesty problems: on posters that were displayed publicly on Wednesday in Beitar Illit, Israel, signed by the Committee for the Purity of our Camp, a woman’s picture appeared including her full name and the ‘fact’ that she had gotten married not in accordance with halacha (Jewish law), reports Kikar HaShabbat.
This is just one of several instances where the picture of someone involved in issues of modesty and purity is published – based on the judgment of the self-appointed “committee” presiding over matters of modesty in the city.
Reporter Manny Gira related that, in another instance, letters were sent to mail boxes with pictures of men signed up to Facebook, together with their “friends,” alongside accurate personal information about the person.
There was another incident, in Jerusalem’s Sanhedria neighborhood, where the picture of a yeshiva lector who also counsels married couples, was publicized, and the public was encouraged to refrain from using his services.
In effect, this is a new strategic phase in a war. Until now, restraint was employed regarding smearing pictures and personal information on the walls of Haredi neighborhoods. Now the war has intensified and reached the streets.
It’s still not clear whether there is a private group helping themselves to the title of “Committee for the Purity of our Camp,” or if these really are the actions of the committee, which is run by well known individuals, who decided to bring up the pressure.
The “Committee for the Purity of our Camp” is a faction that belongs to the Eida Haredit, and it is involved with “modesty and purity problems” within the Haredi sector.
About the Author: Tibbi Singer is a veteran contributor to publications such as Israel Shelanu and the US supplement of Yedioth, and Jewish Business News.
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